The icon, traditionally half-length when in a semi-dome,[8] which became adopted for panel icons also, depicts Christ fully frontal with a somewhat melancholy and stern aspect, with the right hand raised in blessing or, in the early encaustic panel at Saint Catherine’s Monastery, the conventional rhetorical gesture that represents teaching. The left hand holds a closed book with a richly decorated cover featuring the Cross, representing the Gospels. An icon where Christ has an open book is called “Christ the Teacher”, a variant of the Pantocrator. Christ is bearded, his brown hair centrally parted, and his head is surrounded by a halo. The icon is usually shown against a gold background comparable to the gilded grounds of mosaic depictions of the Christian emperors.

In some variants, on each side of the halo are Greek letters: IC and XC. Christ’s fingers are depicted in a pose that represents the letters IC, X and C, thereby making the Christogram ICXC (for “Jesus Christ”). The IC represents the Greek characters Iota (Ι) and Sigma (Σ, ς)—the first and last letters of Jesus (Ιησους). The letters XC represent Chi (Χ) and Sigma (ς)—the first and last letters of Christ (Χριστος).[citation needed]

The typical Western Christ in Majesty is a full-length icon that in the early Middle Ages usually showed Christ in a mandorla or other geometric frame, surrounded by the Four Evangelists or their symbols.
you can follow my other twitter account (if you like) @theratzpack where the icon is featured. 🙂

IRS workers who didn’t pay taxes got bonuses

WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service handed out $2.8 million in bonuses to employees with disciplinary issues — including more than $1 million to employees who didn’t pay their federal taxes, a watchdog report says.

The report by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration said 1,146 IRS employees received bonuses within a year of substantiated federal tax compliance problems.

The bonuses weren’t just monetary. Employees with tax problems received a total of 10,582 hours of paid time off — valued at about $250,000 — and 69 received permanent raises through a step increase, the report said. The report looked at bonuses in 2011 and 2012.

via IRS workers who didn’t pay taxes got bonuses.

Planned Parenthood Fundraiser Mocks Catholic Church With “Queer Nuns” |

The Planned Parenthood abortion business in Seattle, Washington is taking a page out o the religious bigotry book in order to raise funds for itself.

Tomorrow night, the abortion corporation will stage “Bar Nun Bingo” at and, two days later, with hold another “Bar Nun Bingo” — fundraising events that, as Bill Donohue of the Catholic League tells LifeNews in an email, are aimed squarely at Catholics:

via Planned Parenthood Fundraiser Mocks Catholic Church With “Queer Nuns” |

and Obama supports this group? The same group that touts itself as being supportive of women’s health issues. Really? The same group founded by Margaret Sanger who supported eugenics. A philosophy that advocated stopping the birth of  the unfit which Sanger believed were black people.Sanger founded the Birth Control Review in 1917 in which she published such gems as, “Some Moral Aspects of Eugenics” (June 1920), “The Eugenic Conscience” (February 1921), “The purpose of Eugenics” (December 1924), “Birth Control and Positive Eugenics” (July 1925), “Birth Control: The True Eugenics” (August 1928)to name a few.

Yep, Margaret Sanger was racist.  Eugenics as adopted by Adolf Hitler which he applied to the Jews.

The group is diabolical.I have no problem saying that.

Obama addresses Planned Parenthood and closes with these words, “Thank you Planned Parenthood. God bless you. God bless you”

Yep,the same Planned Parenthood mocking the Catholic Church with “Queer Nuns.” What a President we have.

Reasons Why North Korea Isn’t Really to be Feared

Reasons Why North Korea is the Saddest Military in the World

via Reasons Why North Korea Isn’t Really to be Feared.

except they have nukes and when you don’t have a military to speak of(they don’t)you at least have nuclear blackmail.Question though;if the military is as lame as it appears to be why hasn’t S.Korea attacked the North yet and taken out this dictator who is letting his own people starve to death?

It’s Tues,It’s April and it’s going to snow

It looks like there’s no rush to getting our seeds. I can wait till the end of May.First because you have to wait until the danger of frost passes;but now it looks like we’re going to have to wait until the danger of snow passes.The crocuses came up and they are now gone.
It snowed a few weeks ago. On Wednesday we’re in for some snow again. First they called for snow. Then it was rain.Now it’s snow AND rain.Anyway,we’re going to see the flakes.We’re immune to climate change in our strange little town.You?

ImageGod willing i’ll be back tonight.After i dream up a new topic today. Wouldn’t you know,turning the furnace up again and taking out the winter coat.


Papa Benedicto


Future Doctor of the Church?

for the people who keep insisting Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI is not as humble as Pope Francis( a picture is worth a 1k words)


BTW.Admitting that you’re too infirm to carry on the duties and that God called you to step aside from the seat of Peter,then doing so,is as humble as it gets!

Ah,the Dramatics. Humanists target NJ school

A family is suing a New Jersey school district, contending that the phrase “under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance discriminates against atheist children.

The lawsuit against the Matawan-Aberdeen Regional School District was filed in state court last month and was announced Monday by the American Humanist Association. The group says the phrase, added in 1954, “marginalizes atheist and humanist kids as something less than ideal patriots.”

The anonymous plaintiffs say those two words “under God” violate the state constitution.

But school district lawyer David Rubin says the district is merely following a state law that requires schools to have a daily recitation of the pledge. He says individual students don’t have to participate.

I’m thankful my husband and i grew up when we did. We didn’t have these problems. Lotts of problems we didn’t have.

Let me put it this way. If someone put a gun to my head and said deny God they would have to shoot first.

If someone put a gun to the head of a humanist and said they would have to believe in God I would expect they would also say their assailant would have to shoot first.The problem with the humanists targeting various institutions is that NOBODY is putting a gun to their head. I’m  sorry they feel ‘marginalized.’ If they truly do feel marginalized (which i doubt,but that’s neither here nor there)then they need to examine themselves. They also need to take a look at our history,our founding documents and the Constitution.

They also need to examine their end goal.What IS their end goal? God removed totally from American culture so that God will eventually (or so they believe)become forgotten and people will no longer accept that He exists. They won’t admit it but that IS the end goal. So they have to do it step by step.They have to do it little by little and win where they can. The end goal is silly. If they believe God doesn’t exist they could get on with their lives. Debate it in the public square.

Meantime how about looking at our founding documents,the principle founders of our country(known as the founding fathers)  and our Constitution.

They(humanists)will probably say you have to consider the intent of the founding fathers when writing/signing the documents. Here’s just a few samples of how these men thought:

Benjamin Franklin
Signer of the Declaration of Independence and Unites States Constitution

“Here is my Creed. I believe in one God, the Creator of the Universe. That He governs it by His Providence. That He ought to be worshipped.

“That the most acceptable service we render to him is in doing good to his other children. That the soul of man is immortal, and will be treated with justice in another life respecting its conduct in this. These I take to be the fundamental points in all sound religion, and I regard them as you do in whatever sect I meet with them.

“As to Jesus of Nazareth, my opinion of whom you particularly desire, I think the system of morals and his religion, as he left them to us, is the best the world ever saw, or is likely to see;

“But I apprehend it has received various corrupting changes, and I have, with most of the present dissenters in England, some doubts as to his divinity; though it is a question I do not dogmatize upon, having never studied it, and think it needless to busy myself with it now, when I expect soon an opportunity of knowing the truth with less trouble. I see no harm, however, in its being believed, if that belief has the good consequence, as probably it has, of making his doctrines more respected and more observed; especially as I do not perceive, that the Supreme takes it amiss, by distinguishing the unbelievers in his government of the world with any peculiar marks of his displeasure.”

The Declaration of Independence is the philosophical framework for the Constitution.The Constitution is the legal document derived from it.

The Declaration opens with these words:

When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.

 What they were saying is that all men(humanists included)get their rights from their Creator(which some believe IS God),not the state, and they are unalienable. The state doesn’t give them to us so the state doesn’t have the right to take them away from us. In fact it’s the obligation of the state to PROTECT those rights.

The Constitution made sure that the state(government)could not infringe on the rights of people who practice their beliefs.They wrote Congress shall make no law establishing a religion or interfering in the free exercise of. It didn’t restrict those who practice their beliefs. It didn’t even say that people with religious beliefs could not make law.They said CONGRESS could not make a law.What they meant by a law establishing a religion is that CONGRESS could not set up a denomination and force people-by law- to become part of it.

It put no restrictions on people and their religious convictions. Not even in the public square. We’re not guaranteed freedom of worship.We’re guaranteed freedom of religion which includes worship.You’re just as free to believe that God doesn’t exist but you’re not free to infringe on the rights of others to acknowledge God and that INCLUDES the pledge of allegiance. As long as you’re not forced to use the words,even if you feel marginalized, then you’re barking up the wrong tree.

 The framers also built into the Constitution majority rule(otherwise we would have to have a consensus)and  minority rights.Have people forgotten?Ok,the majority want the pledge of allegiance as it is recited in this school. The minority don’t believe in God. Do they have to? Nope.Do they have to say the words “under God”? Nope. Do they even have to say the pledge at all? Nope.So their right not to believe or not say the pledge is not being violated. They  FEEL marginalized. They have a problem.Ah,the dramatics they cause.



Maria Divine Mercy – True or False? : MDM – HERESIES



By David Moorcroft

It is elementary that God does not contradict himself. No true private revelation will THE HERESIES OF THE ‘WARNINGSECONDCOMING’ contradict God’s public revelation to his Church in Scripture or in Sacred Tradition. The alleged revelations to the anonymous ‘seer’ called ‘Maria Divine Mercy’ are riddled with doctrinal falsehoods which God or the Blessed Mother would not have spoken. Dates of ‘messages’ are given, British style, day of month first. ‘Messages’ are from ‘Jesus’ unless otherwise stated.

8/11/2010: [‘Virgin Mary’] ‘The Holy Family will re-unite.’

Since Our Lady’s Assumption the Holy Family is united eternally in heaven.

13/11/2010: ‘I am suffering to such an extent that the wounds inflicted upon Me at My terrible crucifixion…are opening again and festering…’

The body of Our Lord can never suffer corruption, such as festering. This is also blasphemy.

21/11/2010: ‘All paths lead to God, the creator of mankind.’ Jesus actually said ‘I am the way, the truth and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me.’

‘All paths’, by definition, include animism, spiritualism, witchcraft, Marxism and devil worship. MDM tells us they all lead to God!

18/12/2011: ‘My role was to show you, through my teachings and death on the cross, the Pathway to Heaven.’

Note that Christ merely plays a role! – and that role is merely to show us the way to heaven. Nothing here about his redemptive sacrifice on the cross.

1/1/2011: ‘My Beloved Mother, the Angel of Light…’

The Blessed Mother is not an angel. The phrase ‘angel of light’ occurs once in Scripture, in 2 Cor 11:14, where it refers to the deception of Satan!

16/1/2011: ‘It is vital that My children understand the way in which they can prepare their souls in order to redeem themselves in the eyes of My Father.’

We are powerless to redeem ourselves, which only God can do for us. He did this once and for all in the death and resurrection of His son. This error recurs many times in the ‘messages’.

24/1/2011: ‘It is harder to achieve My special graces than it is to avoid sin in any form.’

It is impossible for us to ‘achieve’ graces. They are by definition a FREE GIFT from God.

7/2/2011: ‘It is because of this scripture [i.e., MDM’s messages] that they will survive The Warning.’

Another recurring theme: MDM’s messages are Holy Scripture.

Message 18/3/2011: ‘Respect this most Holy Scripture.’

Here they are said to be necessary to our salvation during the Warning. The Sacred Canon was closed during the Apostolic Age. There will be no more ‘Holy Scripture’.

14//4/2011: ‘Many Christians ignore one of the most fundamental promises I made during My crucifixtion [sic] where I would be present in bread and wine and leave a permanent mark to help nourish souls.’

(1) Christ made one promise on the cross – to the repentant robber.

(2) He is not present IN bread and wine: these elements are changed entire into His Body and Blood. Basic catechism!

(3) Reception of the Eucharist does not confer a permanent sacramental mark. This is why we receive more than once.

21/5/2011: ‘My love, after the act of Redemption takes place, will flood your soul.’

The act of redemption took place 2,000 years ago. There will be no other.

via Maria Divine Mercy – True or False? : MDM – HERESIES.

BOMBSHELL: Over 35,000 Cases of “Double Voting” Found in North Carolina

Opponents of voter ID laws will often claim that voter fraud is nonexistent, maybe occurs in small and insignificant numbers, and that there is absolutely no evidence of it being widespread and rampant.

However, investigations have been occurring in the swing states after the 2012 election. Both Florida and Ohio have discovered numerous cases of illegally registered voters, dead voters, illegal immigrant voters, and other discrepancies that taint the integrity of the voting system.

via BOMBSHELL: Over 35,000 Cases of “Double Voting” Found in North Carolina.